07 May 5 Tips for Avoiding Home and Property Damage from Flooding
Thunderstorms and heavy rain can come out of nowhere and potentially wreak havoc on our neighborhoods. The best you can do is be prepared. Do you think your home is properly equipped to prevent flooding? Here are some tips to help keep your home safe from severe property damage.
Keep gutters clean.
The purpose of gutters is to safely keep water spilling off the roof away from the foundation of the home. When gutters get clogged up with birds’ nests, stick and other debris, the water will likely spill out early and can find its way into the basement or foundation. Spend some time making sure the are free of debris and properly directing the water away from the foundation.
Check for cracks around the foundation.
Prior to dealing with severe weather, homeowners should regularly inspect their foundations for cracks or gaps. The same goes for basement walls and floors. Epoxy and masonry sealer can be used to treat these issues, but if they appear severe it may be wise to call a professional.
Make sure your sump pump is working.
In homes with basements prone to flooding, there is a good chance that a sump basin already exists with a sump pump installed. Sump pumps automatically switch on as flood water fills the basin to remove it from the basement. Regularly check the status of the pump to make sure it will do its job in an emergency.
Consider a generator.
Having a generator on hand will allow the sup pump and other key pieces of equipment to continue working, even during the inevitable power failures that happen during severe weather. It is critical to choose the right generator to power the amount of equipment needed to continue operating. Contact a generator backup specialist for advice on which size generator would fit your needs.
Elevate and anchor exposed equipment.
Air conditioning units and fuel tanks should be elevated above the flood level of the home, and any backup equipment like generators should be elevated as well. Anchoring the equipment will prevent them from breaking free should water levels continue to rise.
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